Monday, 27 February 2012

Building the 'Monopoly'-inspired model battleship

I finally managed it. I built a model battleship whose design was inspired by the token used in the game of 'Monopoly' ... and I actually managed to make it 4"/10cm long!

I decided that the first thing I had to do was to make a proper plan. I started by finding a photograph of the 'monopoly' battleship token ...


... but because it was taken at an angle, I needed to 'straighten' the waterline out a bit. I did this using a very simple photo-manipulation program, and the result looked like this:


I then 'drew' over the side view of the token to give me a rough silhouette of the battleship, ...


... removed the background, et voila I had a working side view from which to make my model.


I then used basswood to create the hull and superstructure using simple woodworking/modelling techniques, the resulting model looks like this:


It is not an exact replica of the original 'Monopoly' battleship token ... but I think that it will work as a proof-of-concept/prototype for future models that I can use on the tabletop.

Mission accomplished!

6 comments:

  1. Good start Bob!

    I think the turrets are a bit 'tall'. Lowering them a bit will improve the silhouette.

    Jim

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  2. Jim Duncan,

    It might not be perfect (I agree about the turrets; I had hoped to make them out of dowel with a slightly larger diameter ... but could not find any in my stock of basswood) but it turned out better than I had expected.

    I might also reduce the depth/freeboard of the hull slightly although it would be very suitable for French-style battleships.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. Hi Bob,

    Very atmospheric 'proof of concept' - it reminds me of those lovely models on the header of Steve Cady's 'Castle of Tin' blog.

    I am looking forward to seeing the final version - are you going for the two hex approach?

    All the best,

    DC

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  4. David Crook,

    Thanks for the complimentary comments about the model.

    If I can fit the models into a single Hexon II hex I will do so because it will make writing the rules so much easier ... and the models will be easier to store.

    I have learned some very useful lesson making this model, and they will be reflected in the next models I build.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. Nicely done - has a feel between period recognition models and board game pieces (an obvious comment).

    I have been searching for the right words - these would fit right in with a naval war game played in the world of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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  6. Pat G,

    Thanks for the very complimentary comment.

    You have summed it up very well indeed! That is exactly the 'look' I wanted to achieve and the sort of 'feel' I wanted to engender.

    All the best,

    Bob

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